|Mango Cream Sticky Rice - P165.00|
(the ice cream melted because I was having a nice chat with a friend
and didn't get to take this photo sooner)
Filipinos love good food and enjoy cuisines from various parts of the world. If you haven't tried eating a Mexican-Latin feast yet, this is the best time to do so! Gringo, a highly-recommended restaurant by foodies like me, has now become the favorite dining place for family and friends who are craving for delectable dishes and a good time while enjoying a meal together.
Gringo is the perfect hangout that serves moist and flavorful chicken and ribs plus other mouthwatering treats. According to restaurateur Reagan Tan, Gringo is the friend we all wish to have because he hosts the best get-togethers along with his closest amigos and cooks up one mean Mexican-Latin feast. "It's always a festival of flavors at Gringo," describes Reagan. "And, at the center of it all, are our amigo's signature chicken and ribs."
Diners can choose from two chicken varieties: Gringo Original Chicken is covered in traditional Mexican-Latin spices and then grilled to perfection while the Gringo Southern Spice Chicken comes with a distinctly Southern American blend of herbs and spices. As of this writing, I still can't decide which one I like better because both are really tasty!
The Gringo Baby Back Ribs, too, are just as delicious. It has fall-off-the-bone juicy meat covered in lip-smacking barbecue sauce. Both dishes are perfect to pair with Gringo's signature sauces. I love, love, love the Lemon Herb sauce that serves as an all-around dip. It has a perfect mix of herbs and spices with a fruity lemony flavor.
My hubby, on the other hand, likes the Hot and Spicy sauce that is said to whet the appetite even more. It's described as being so spicy, you will sweat inside out (that's why I dare not try it LOL). Just as Gringo says, "It's hot, like me!"
This weekend, we had lunch at Gringo's newly-opened SM Megamall branch located at the 3rd floor Atrium. We loved everything we ordered especially the new items we were able to try for the first time! For instance, the Tropical Lemonade came as a delightful surprise because it turned out to have passion fruit, which is a personal favorite of mine.
We had Baked Mussels and Clam Chowder Soup for starters and both tasted really good! The flaky pastry on top of the soup was an additional yummy treat.
While my ribs-aficionado hubby ordered his favorite Gringo dish, I opted to try the Crispy Catfish Salsa because it sounded interesting. Besides, I've always liked fried and grilled catfish so I was curious if I would also enjoy this variant. I did, very much! What surprised me further is that the fish was boneless. Anybody who also likes catfish should try this one. In addition, the serving is good enough for two so make sure to bring along someone to share it with. Oh, and don't forget to order two or more sides to complement your main dish. I had Garlic Rice and Garlic Mushroom to go with my catfish, which made my tummy really happy
For dessert, hubby and I shared a dish of Mango Cream Sticky Rice, a perfect way to cap off a great meal! On our next visit to Gringo, I'd love to try their other specialties like the Lemon Garlic Butter Crab, the famed Mucho Nachos, the interesting selection of Burritos and Tacos, and more of the Side Dishes.
According to Reagan, the menu concept is meant to capture the flavors and sassiness of Latin American cuisine while captivating the palates of Filipino diners. I think they have successfully done that. "Filipinos can be very adventurous with flavors. They like a little bit of everything on their plate -- sweet, spicy, salty, savory -- typical of any Pinoy fiesta where diversity rules," he pointed out. "That is why there is something for everyone."
Apart from the great food, Gringo's interiors are homey and inviting. Its walls are lined with pop culture references that diners of all ages could relate to, which would keep you released and entertained throughout your stay. There's also music to keep the good vibes flowing.
Discover good food by dropping by Gringo's branches located at SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Legaspi Village, Makati, and at The Fort, Bonifacio Global City. Stay tuned for the next stores opening soon at the Mall of Asia Arena Annex and UP Town Center.
Keep updated by liking facebook.com/gringochickenribs and following
@GringoPH on Instagram.